ERIC Number: ED458791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Do School Facilities Really Impact a Child's Education? IssueTrak: A CEFPI Brief on Educational Facility Issues.
Lyons, John B.
This paper reviews research that correlates student achievement and the condition and utility of school facilities. The discussion focuses on the influence of various facility conditions on students, including building age, temperature and ventilation, acoustics, lighting, curriculum development, and school size. Research shows that older buildings may pose a variety of negative consequences for the learning process, while safe and modern schools with controlled environments enhance learning. More specifically, students who attend better buildings have test scores ranging from 5 to 17 percentile points higher than students in substandard facilities. The paper concludes by quoting a recent report suggesting that a school's condition may have a stronger influence on student performance and achievement than the combined influences of family background, socio-economic status, school attendance, and behavior. (GR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, School Effectiveness, Student School Relationship
For full text: http://www.cefpi.org:80/issuetraks.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, Scottsdale, AZ.